Profile

Name: MOCHIZUKI TAKINOJO

Address: Tokyo, Japan
E-Mail: takinojo@virgo.bekkoame.ne.jp
URL: http://www.bekkoame.ne.jp/~takinojo/




MOCHIZUKI Takinojo plays Japanese percussion instruments from Tsuzumi and Taiko, drums that have been used in Noh and Kabuki for centuries, to gongs. Specialized in Japanese classical music, he also plays modern music, with ample experience performing overseas. While training young musicians, he himself pursues new possibilities of the percussion instruments and the classical music as folk music.

Education

1976-1977

ZENSHIN-ZA Theatrical Company attached Actor's Training School;

1976-1978

SHAMISEN Study under Maestro KINEYA school;

1977-1985

NAGAUTA Percussion Study under MOCHIZUKI school;Given the honorable name MOCHIZUKI TAKINOJO in 1984.

1979-1981

Tokyo University of Arts: Japanese Music Division(Major--NAGAUTA Percussion);Graduated

1982-1985

MATSURI-BAYASHI Percussion Study under Maestro WAKAYAMA TANEO;

1985-present--

Member of NAGAUTA Association: Mainly engaged in Traditional Japanese music.

1985-present--

Member of NIHON ONGAKU SYUDAN(Pro Musica Nipponia): Involves performances in contemporary Japanese music, a wide range of Japanese popular music, Jazz, Rock, etc.



Performances outside of Japan

1989--

Performed in France as a member of NIHON ONGAKU SYUDAN(Pro Musica Nipponia).

1990--

Performed in Taiwan as a member of NIHON ONGAKU SYUDAN(Pro Musica Nipponia).

1990--

Performed in the U.S.A. and Canada in the"Hidetaro Honjo U.S.A. and Canada Presentation" sponserd by the Japan Faundation.

1991--

Principal percussionist in performances in Mexico and Ecuador.

1991--

Participated in "Hidetaro Honjo's tour" throughout Japan and in Beijing, China and Sebija, Spain.

1992--

Visited South Korea as an assistant to Mr. Nishikawa Hiromitsu for MESENA.

1993--

Performed in Africa(Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa) as Group of the YAMADA school of KOTO sponsored by the Japan Foundation.

1994--

Performed in Tanzania,Ghana and South Africa as a "Tokyo University of Arts Yamada school of Koto African tour"

1994--

Solo Taiko performance in Sydney, Australia at the opning ceremony of a Japanese business event.

1995--

Participated in "Hidetaro Honjo's Egypt Tour" sponsored by the Japan Foundation.

1996--

Solo Taiko performance in Sydney, Australia.Invited by the East-West Foundation.

1997--

Participated for Kabuki Actor Shijaku Nakamura's dancing presentation in Sydney,Australia.Invited by the East-West Foundation.

1997--

Organized a Japanese Percussion Workshop in Sydney,Australia with the support of the Japan Foundation.

1998--

Performed in U.S.A. in "Los Angels Bando-ryu Japanese Dancing Performance".

1999--

Performed in U.S. as a member of NIHON ONGAKU SYUDAN(Pro Musica Nipponia).

2000--

Performed in Canada as a member of "NISHIKAWA Ansamble".

2000--

Performed in Murburg, Garmany for the opening concert under the auspices of "Japan Year in Germany".

2000--

Performed in Seoul, Korea as a member of "Asian Dream Free Jazz Orchestra".

2000--

Performed in Nushville, U.S.A. in "ODORI 2000 Performance".

2001--

Performed in France and the Czech Republic as a member of NIHON ONGAKU SYUDAN(Pro Musica Nipponia).

2001--

Performed in the Republic of Paraguay, the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Argentine Republic and the Oriental Republic of Uruguay as a member of "Water Network".

2001--

Performed in Seoul, South Korea as a member of NIHON ONGAKU SYUDAN(Pro Musica Nipponia).

2002--

Visited the University of Philippines to teach Japanese KABUKI music.

2003--

Visited the University of Philippines to teach Japanese KABUKI music again.

2003--

Performed in Canada(Montreal, Alma and Toronto) in "OCCIDENT--ORIENT".

2003--

Performed in Ecuador as a member of NIHON ONGAKU SYUDAN(Pro Musica Nipponia).

2007--

Performed in New York, U.S.A in "A Page Out of Order: M" Yoshiko Chuma & her company "School of Hard knocks".

2010--

Performed in Shang Hai, China in "Exipo 2010".

2016--

Performed in London, Great Britain in "ISSO YUKIHIRO Workshop & Live".

2016--

Performed in Singapore in "HIMIKO -- Memories of the Sun Goddess".

Other professional activities

Have taught percussion to students of all levels of expertise.

Currently a member of HYORYU GAKUDAN with Sumi Junko(Vo), Mizukawa Toshiya(SHAKUHACHI), Yoshimi Masaki(Tabra), and Murayama Toshiya(Pf).

Have made numerous studio recordings as Japanese music percussionist in various genres of music.

Participated in a number of rock bands including, "ICHIBAN-YA", "SHICHIFUKUJIN", and "TUM TUM TANDRICA".

Have co-played with many Jazz musicians such as:

John Zone(Sax; U.S.A.), Peter Covalt(Bass; Germany), Kan Tae Fang(Sax; Korea), Kim Dae Fang(Per; Korea), Burl Phillips(Bass; U.S.A.), Hideto Kanai(Bass; Japan), Michihiro Sato(TSUGARU SHAMISEN; Japan), Yukihiro Isso(NOH Flute; Japan), Park Je Chung(Per; Korea), Christopher Garcia(Per;U.S.A.) , Gustavo Aguilar(Per;Mexico)

Have made numerous television appearances as percussion accompanist.